What It Is: Drybar ‘Full Pint’ Medium Round Brush* Why This Should Be in Your Bag: Even if you blowdry...
Mmmm rosy, rich nudes.
I've tried (and loved) these babies in the past and wanted to see if the shade expansion retained the quality I so love. Crianza is a "dark pink with red undertones", while Burgundy is "berry purple".
Anastasia, the brow queen of Beverly Hills, has been having quite a few makeup hits lately, making her new holiday set, Lavish, a hot ticket item!
Good brushes are a key piece in any makeup arsenal. Even if you have the most beautiful product, you won't get the best results possible without good tools!
Their new cashmere lip cream is "a cream-to-powder matte lip color that delivers an unprecedented 50 percent pigment dispersion."
Scented with spicy pink peppercorn, accented by ginger and patchouli, Molton Brown's Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod collection is unique and perfect for the cold winter months.
If I were to be stranded on a deserted island, with only one item of makeup with me, do you know what it would be? Concealer! Okay, let's not nit-pick about the fact that no one really needs concealer, let alone makeup, on a deserted island, but you get my drift.
I think this is a fabulous and overdue idea; you can instantly make any mascara waterproof with this topcoat. My personal favorite mascara doesn't come in waterproof, so this little guy is perfect for when I know I'll be in a waterproof-required situation.
These nail polish pens are actually pretty easy to use! The polish comes out the brush at the end, at a steady, but not overwhelming pace. When you press down on the colored end, more product comes out.
Burberry is probably the top luxury cosmetics brand in the world right now. They've waited a long time to launch and have seriously perfected their products.
Lip gloss is the perfect Spring/Summer handbag essential. Lighter and brighter than lipstick, it gives you an effortless, airy look. I definitely switch over to mainly gloss in the summertime and hopefully this new gloss fits my needs. I tried out two very different shades, Grenadine and Papaya!
As part of Clarins Spring launch, they've introduced a new liquid blush formula to their Instant Light line. Now, we all know I'm a huge fan of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this blush!
Bite Beauty is a super unique brand that I'm happy to see getting recognition in the blogosphere! Each of their Luminous Creme Lipsticks "delivers super antioxidant resveratrol, which fights free radicals with potent long-term anti-aging benefits. Each lipstick contains the amount of resveratrol found in five glasses of red wine." That's definitely a neat concept.
Most makeup junkies I know love neutral eyeshadows. Sure, brights are fun, but neutrals are definitely more "everyday" and appropriate in every situation. Every makeup lover needs a palette full of neutral shades that's great for a quick daytime look and traveling. theBalm is obviously one of my favorite brands and I'm thrilled that they have finally decided to bring us a neutral palette!
Recently, I've been moving into the land of luxury beauty products and Burberry has been my go-to brand. Known for high-end clothing and accessories, they spared no expense when it came to creating a beauty collection as iconic as the Burberry check.
During the winter months, most people's skin suffers. It goes from bright and glowy to dull, dead and uncomfortable. I spend most winter trying to get my skin back to it's summer luster and always want to try new products that promise to make me look alive!
Most makeup users apply blush daily, but some overlook highlighter. A good highlighter won't make you look like a disco ball; it will blend seamlessly into your skin and define your bone structure. Anastasia is a brand known more for brow products, but their makeup packs a real punch. I'm testing out their blush and highlighter.
Make Up For Ever is a fantastic cosmetics brand, known for professional-level products. Their Rouge Artist line of lipsticks are pigment-saturated and deliver a huge dose of color. I love the formula, but sometimes don't want to wear such an intense lip shade. This is where the new Rouge Artist Natural range comes in.
Yes To is a drugstore skincare brand that incorporates natural ingredients like cucumbers, blueberries and tomatoes into their products. The Cucumber line is for sensitive skin, the Blueberries for aging skin and the Tomatoes for acne-prone skin, but anyone can reap the benefits of the products. I have slightly sensitive skin, but loved that this moisturizer has SPF 30 and wanted to try it out!
Cream eyeshadows are a great and versatile tool to have in your makeup bag. They can be used on their own, to give a shiny wash of color, or as a base to give longevity to your powder shadows or amp up their pigmentation. I love using cream shadows when I don't have much time to do my makeup; they help me to look polished and are so quick!
Burberry is a luxury brand that launched their own cosmetics line within the last couple years. The products are definitely high-priced, but the quality is also rumored to be superb. I decided to take two Lip Glows (their lip glosses) from their Holiday collection for a spin!
A gorgeous complexion starts with good skin, but there are lots of tools out there to help you fake it if you're not quite there yet! Primer, foundation and powder create a flawless base that can help you feel your best. Make Up For Ever is one of my favourite brands for professional-quality makeup, but I had never tested out their famed HD Foundation.
Matte eyeshadows (no shimmer, no sparkle, flat color) are an extremely useful tool. Although they seem rather boring, they add depth and can really make your eyes pop! theBalm is a fave brand of mine, and their eyeshadows always impress me. Therefore, I couldn't wait to try out their palette filled with nine totally matte eyeshadows!
Lime Crime is a brand known for bright colors and bold looks. Their lipsticks are my go-to when I want to play up my lips and need long-lasting pigmentation. Seriously, they stain the NEXT day. Obviously, I was beyond excited when Lime Crime announced that they were putting out lip glosses! They promise "semi-opaque coverage combined with bursts of nebulesque sparkle that comes alive in indoor lighting." Let's see how they stood up to those claims!
SUPER by Perricone is a brand of skincare that incorporates different "super foods" into their products. The Hyper Hydrator "leaves skin soft to the touch and smelling sweet. As light and refreshing as water from a freshly tapped coconut, this tropical topical treat contains MCT, natural esters found in coconuts that are easily absorbed to quench skin's thirst."
Clarins is a fave brand of mine that happens to put out rather modest collections. Their latest holiday fare boasts only three items: a face powder, eye quad and a lipstick. I have both the quad and lipstick to test out, so let's see how it goes.
Lise Watier is a niche brand from Quebec, Canada, specializing in high-quality cosmetics and skincare. Their Lip Kiss Crayon Gloss pencil is one of my favorite products from the brand and I'm excited to share it with you!
Make Up For Ever is a regular here on Makeup Bag, and with good reason -- their products are fab! They make professional-quality makeup that is accessible to the masses. I count their HD Microfinish powder, Smoky Lash mascara and Aqua Creams amongst some of my fave products, so imagine my excitement when I discovered that you can get all their best in one set!
Clarins is obviously one of my favorite brands and have come up with a genius solution to our problem. Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is a lip "gel" packed with 3D microshimmer, designed to accentuate your lips and make them look naturally fuller.
Deborah Lippmann is the Hollywood queen of nails. She's done the nails of every starlet you can think of and makes many of her custom-mixed colors available for adoring fans through her namesake line. I'm a nail polish junkie and was super excited to finally try out Wicked Game, a swirling lavender gray iridescent.
Concealer is one product that I'm somewhat obsessed with. It has the power to make anyone go from sleepy-zombie to wide awake and also masks imperfections. Gorgeous skin is something everyone pines for and concealer is your #1 friend in faking it.
Anastasia is a brand created by the brow guru of the same name. They've expanded into makeup and are offering up a steal of a deal: six full-sized lipglosses for $30, while they are regularly $21 each! And three of the shades are only available in this set!
Urban Decay is one of my favorite cosmetic brands. They make high-quality products, are always animal-friendly and have a great design aesthetic. The packaging and names of products are always funky and kitschy and, most importantly, what's inside works!
Lipstick and lipgloss are the bare necessities of everyone's makeup stash. Every brand makes a million lip products, in just as many shades, finishes, etc, making it difficult to sort through and find the quality ones! Clarins is a great, yet underrated brand that puts out amazing stuff. Not only do they pay attention to packaging and design, but the product inside always matches the beautiful exterior.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is a line created by David Klasfeld. I wondered about the strange brand name and easily found the answer on their website: "I did and the result is a line obsessively crafted from the finest ingredients possible, to celebrate the driving compulsions of makeup fanatics everywhere."